The Sound of Serendipity first caught my eye when the cover reveal popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. Eye-catchingly gorgeous, I could immediately envision it nestled in happily among the other paperbacks on my shelf. So I moved on to checking out the synopsis and I went from interested to needing to read the book RIGHT. NOW! But then I started to get a bit worried because if you have a cover and blurb that amazing, you’re really getting your hopes up and surely you won’t hit the trifecta and get an utterly romantic, heart-melting story, too, right? Wrong. As lovely as the outside of The Sound of Serendipity is, it doesn’t even begin to compare to the book magic contained inside.
Emerson lives on the periphery, listening and observing but never fully engaging with those around her. She’s struggling to find her footing, weighted down by expectation and the past. For me, Emerson and her journey of self-discovery was so relatable that it felt like Cynthia had pulled back the cover on my life and poured a little of me into Emerson. To be able to identify so deeply with a character is simply a feeling that doesn’t come around all that often.
Maddox, on the other hand, is a bundle of vibrance, attacking life with no regrets. He has the slight advantage of age in their relationship and knows when to push Emerson and when to let her retreat. He’s the rare male lead who, for the most part, actually has his life together and possesses a strong sense of self. While he isn’t without his flaws, they aren’t unforgiveable and make him all the more perfect for his imperfections. In this age of bad boy heroes who are often untamed, brooding, or broken, he stands apart as a good man and there is nothing sexier than that.
Cynthia’s writing is absolutely beautiful. She packs her book with emotions that spill forth with each turn of the page. Insecurity, passion, joy, frustration, love, and lust all combine to form a literary symphony that I couldn’t get enough of. I can’t even recall the last time I highlighted as much as I did in this novel, holding tightly to phrases and scenes that spoke directly to my heart. A celebration of the importance found in small moments, where fate in the form of a Central Park bench and a taxicab can change your life, The Sound of Serendipity is firmly in my top 5 reads of 2016 thus far.
“You’re young. And you’re still falling in love with yourself. Falling in love with the world. But I’d love it if you’d let me fall in love with you.”
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